Birmingham, AL (population: 226,152) has thirty acting schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. Indiana University-Bloomington, the highest ranked school in this group with an acting program, has a total student population of 42,347. It is the 59th highest ranked school in the USA and the highest in the state of Indiana.
Acting students from Birmingham schools who go on to become actors, playwrights, dramatists, theatre professors, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 39,880 people working as actors alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $0. Also, Producers and directors make on average $86,870 per year and there are about 79,780 of them employed in the US today.
Birmingham lies in Jefferson county, which is one of the 67 counties in Alabama. Overall, the Birmingham-Hoover area has 494,530 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $19/hr average worker wage, and a $40,060 average annual salary.
Of the 30 acting schools with a 500-mile radius of Birmingham, only 8 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Lindenwood University comes out as the most expensive ($26,896/yr) for acting students, with Northeast Mississippi Community College as the lowest, reported at only $6,099/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Birmingham|
|Alexander City||AL||-||1||11.6004||38||63.6 miles|
|Auburn University||AL||-||1||74.9047||131||99.5 miles|